. . . has always resided with the governor, via the governor's power over the budget, as explained by E. J. McMahon in his City Journal article "The Bucks Stop Here." So with every governor we've had within recent memory pledging to reform New York, why has reform not happened?
It is probably because real reform requires telling special interest groups "No, you can't have that anymore." Most politicians won't do that because it opens themselves up to criticism. . . which could lead to loss of popular support . . . no re-election . . . and an end to a political career.
Instead of reform, we get finger pointing at a dysfunctional state legislature to deflect from the responsible party.
But the responsible party is the governor.
Who among the current crop of candidates will have the guts to use the extraordinary powers of the governorship to institute real reform? Certainly not an Attorney General who failed to enforce state tax laws against New York's Indian Nations. Who is willing to use the budget power?